Saturday night the CMA Eagles continued their history making season by winning game two of the regional championship with a win at the buzzer over Western 54 to 52.
“It was the longest two minutes of my life”, said Mark Galloway, Head Coach of the CMA Eagles. “Our kids were matching Western on every possession. We took advantage of some missed free throws down the stretch by Western. And frankly, our kids bailed their coach out when I got a technical foul with 58 seconds left in the game. Today was about big plays and we made them.”
Western trailed by seven, 49-42, with 2:02 to play in the contest. Western freshman Evan Warden knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the 1:53 mark. To answer, CMA 7-foot-1 New Mexico recruit Chier Ajou got a two handed slam dunk the next play off a transition opportunity.
Western senior Damon Reel knocked down a three pointer with 1:16 to play, and was fouled after the play on a blockout, sending him to the line for a one-and-bonus opportunity.
At that point, CMA coach Mark Galloway was whistled for a technical foul for arguing with the referees. Reel missed the front end of the bonus situation, and Warden hit just one of two of the free throws from the technical foul to pull Western to within 51-49.
Western got the ball back, and Warden again stepped up, driving the lane for a layup, but Ajou’s wingspan claimed another victim with a rejection. Juwan Brescacin snagged the loose ball and was fouled, hitting one of two in the double bonus.
Quin Fields drove the lane, dished out to Warden for a three from the corner with 47 seconds left to knot the game at 52-52.
Western called a timeout with 47 seconds to talk about their defensive gameplan. After the break, the Eagles were content to run down the clock. It got to 5 seconds left in the ballgame, when Juwan Brescacin drove the lane and got the shot to roll in at the buzzer.
“That was the most thrilling thing I’ve been part of”, said Juwan Brescacin. “I just knew I had to do something and it worked out. This was a team win. We got support from everyone. We are group of believers.”, said the games hero.
“This kids just believe in each other. Juwan is right. We had to beat two incredibly talented and disciplined teams today. These are wins that can get a team like this to a next level of confidence. I’m just so proud of these kids. Their practice efforts every day. The way they just go about their business. I’m blessed to coach these kids.”, added Galloway.
CMA will head for Huntington North next Saturday afternoon at 3pm for a match-up against 19-5 Colombia City who beat a talented Fort Wayne Harding team in the Blackford Regional 55-47.
WTCA will have the Pre-Game Show starting at 2:30pm Saturday afternoon.
The Triton Trojans were also regional winners 60 to 42 over Morgan Township. They will head to Lafayette Jeff for a match-up against 21-6 Rockville.